North Bay OPP Police Press Releases

Austin RIGGS Was Arrested

(NORTH BAY, ON) – One person has been arrested and charged with multiple offences after fleeing from police.

On July 1, 2024, at approximately 1:00 p.m. the North Bay Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) observed a white car travelling at a high rate of speed on Highway 11 in Callander. It was travelling approximately 47 km/h over the posted limit. Police attempted to stop the vehicle, but it fled onto Peever Line.  

A short time later, Almaguin OPP were called to a single motor vehicle collision located on Forestry Road in Laurier Township. After investigation, it was determined this was the same vehicle that had fled from police earlier. As a result, the driver was arrested and vehicle towed.    

Austin RIGGS 23-years-old of Aurora, has been charged with:

  • Operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs
  • Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus)
  • Fail to stop for police
  • Drive motor vehicle – perform stunt – excessive speed
  • Class G1 licence holder- unaccompanied by qualified driver
  • Class G1 licence holder – carry front seat passenger
  • Novice driver – B.A.C. above zero

The accused was issued a 90-day Administrative Driver’s Licence Suspension and the vehicle was impounded for seven days. They are scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in North Bay on July 16, 2024.

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